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Welcome to Desert Island Dishes, the weekly podcast where chef Margie Nomura talks to a special guest about the dishes that have shaped their lives.Here you will find conversations with a whole range of different people discussing their 7 Desert Island Dishes. We will find out about their favourite childhood dishes, the dishes they eat the most often, and the dishes that mean the most to them. And of course we will also discover what their last dish would be before being cast off to the dese ...
 
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Desert Island Society

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You’re invited to the Desert Island Society, where Madeline and Xander ask and answer the classic question… If you were taken to a desert island, what would you bring? From 80’s synth songs and dystopian video games to pizza toppings and family board games, we’re getting pretty specific about what’s coming with us. So, what are you bringing?
 
You are marooned a desert island with a few books and records. Fast forward three years. You now rule the island with an iron fist. But what laws will you enact? What will you ban? Each week, comedian Jacob Hatton interviews a new castaway from the worlds of science, journalism, politics and entertainment and asks them about their own personal island. Will it be a utopia or a nightmare?
 
Tom & Dan are two British lads 'famous for being best friends' on the radio in the UAE. Heard about Dubai? The big buildings and islands shaped like palm trees? The luxury and shopping? Now you can hear a real life sample of everyday living in the desert from a guys-eye point of view and from those who listen to their daily show on DUBAI 92. You might just be surprised by what you hear...
 
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The mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly has sung at the most prestigious venues around the world, including the Royal Opera House, London and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, as well as Glyndebourne, Vienna and Bayreuth. In 2009 she was a soloist at the Last Night of the BBC Proms, singing Rule Britannia dressed as Admiral Nelson, and she has also…
 
My guest today is Tom Aikens. Tom has been hailed as one of the best chefs of his generation, being the youngest British chef to hold two Michelin stars which he achieved by the tender age of just 26. His remarkable career has taken him to David Cavalier’s in Battersea, Pierre Koffman’s La Tante Claire, Pied-à-Terre and Joel Robuchon in Paris to na…
 
In this podcast episode, we discuss books: All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O'Donoghue and Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. All Our Hidden Gifts: After Maeve finds a pack of tarot cards while cleaning out a closet during her in-school suspension, she quickly becomes the most sought-after diviner at St. Bernadette’s Catholic school. But when Ma…
 
Tom Ilube is an entrepreneur, known for his successful start-up companies, and a philanthropist. He recently took up the post of chairman of the Rugby Football Union. He was born in 1963 to a Nigerian father and a British mother, and grew up first in London, and then in Uganda, a stay cut short by the rise to power of Idi Amin. He began his teenage…
 
My guest today is Ben Lebus. Ben is the founder of the online cooking and content platform – Mob Kitchen whose mission it is to help students and young professionals prepare restaurant-quality meals on a budget. Through everything from recipe videos to cook-alongs and competitions, MOB encourages a laid back and 'get stuck in' attitude in the kitch…
 
In this special book club episode, both Laura and Jo read Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar. Everyone likes Humaira "Hani" Khan—she’s easy-going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked…
 
Tracey Ullman was the first woman to be offered her own television sketch show – both in Britain and America – and has starred in film and television dramas alongside Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Hugh Grant. The Emmy-winning Tracey Ullman Show ran for four seasons in the US and provided the launch pad for the Simpsons. Tracey was born in Slough…
 
Wow! Can't believe we have reached the 100th episode! A very exciting milestone - thank you for all your support and for listening each week. My guest today is Jo Malone CBE. I’m sure most of you listening will be familiar with her name. Your mind is probably instantly transported to a world of delicious scents and candles – two things synonymous w…
 
In this special joint-bookish episode, both Laura and Jo read The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna. In this world, girls are outcasts by blood and warriors by choice, but, will this book make it onto the shelf? Or will it split the sand for these two hosts? Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine wh…
 
Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, is a former judge who served as the first female president of the Supreme Court. In 2019 she announced the court’s judgement that the prorogation of Parliament was ‘unlawful, void and of no effect’. The twinkling spider brooch she wore that day caused a sensation and set social media aflame. She was the first…
 
My guest today is Rachel Ama. Rachel is the rising star of the London vegan scene, her passion for vibrant, colourful food has seen her amass an army of followers online after she went vegan 7 years ago. She started her Youtube channel to show how just easy and delicious it was to cook vegan food and Since then she has gone from strength to strengt…
 
In this podcast episode, we discuss the books: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman and A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown. Anxious People begins on New Year's Eve with 'House Tricks' estate agents are hosting an open viewing in an up-market apartment when an incompetent bank robber rushes in and politely takes everyone hostage. For Ana-L…
 
Michael Holding is a cricket commentator and former West Indies bowler. He’s widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of international cricket. In July 2020 when rain stopped play during the television coverage of a Test Match, he gave an unscripted four minute monologue on institutional racism in sport and society in the …
 
We are back! My guest today is Michel Roux. Michel is a legendary figure in the world of food – he’s a chef and restaurateur - he’s the Michelin starred owner of London’s iconic Le Gavroche, founded by his father and uncle in the 1960’s. Celebrating over 50 years in business the Roux’s have built a gastronomic dynasty. His grandparents and their pa…
 
In this witchy book club episode, we decided to discuss two books with magic : Spells Trouble by Kristin Cast and P. C. Cast The City We Became by Adrienne Tooley As always, will either of these books make it onto the shelf? Or will it split the sand for these two hosts? - - - - - - - - - Have you read this book, get in touch to let us know your th…
 
In this podcast episode, we discuss the books: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty (very recently made into a mini-series) and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? These nine perfect strangers are about to find out... Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some ar…
 
In this book club episode, we discuss Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price a retelling with a twist of the famous Pride and Prejudice. When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young hei…
 
In this Classical bookish episode, we discuss both The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. The Bluest Eye is the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, …
 
In this book club episode, we decided to discuss two urban fantasy books: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by C.K. McDonnell The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin As always, will either of these books make it onto the shelf? Or will it split the sand for these two hosts? - - - - - - - - - Have you read this book, get in touch to let us know your thoughts. -…
 
In this bookish episode, we discuss both The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon and Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. When Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station, her boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts for a new show 'The Ex Talk' where two exes discuss their relationship. While Shay and D…
 
Nazir Afzal is a solicitor and the former chief crown prosecutor for north-west England. Among his notable cases, he brought the Rochdale sex grooming gangs to trial in 2012.Nazir’s parents arrived in the UK from Pakistan in 1961 and he was born in Birmingham the following year. After completing his legal training he started his career as a defence…
 
In this book club episode, we discuss A Million Reasons Why by Jessica Strawser. When a simple DNA test is taken, it blows up the life for one woman and gives hope to another. Caroline lives a full, happy life; Sela lives a life in shades of grey. But, both have just discovered they're sisters. As always, will this book make it onto the shelf? Or w…
 
Robert Macfarlane is a writer whose books about the natural world, including The Wild Places and The Old Ways, have won many prizes and taken root in the best-seller charts. He was born into a family of enthusiastic amateur climbers and his early memories include being carried up the Cairngorms on his father's back. This childhood experience led to…
 
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill is an Olympic gold medallist and three-time world champion heptathlete, and is one of the most successful women in British sporting history. She was the face of Team GB during the 2012 London Olympics, and her image adorned billboards and hoardings across the country in the run up to the Games.Born in Sheffield, Jessica disc…
 
Paul Costelloe is a fashion designer who recently celebrated his 36th year showing at London Fashion Week, making him the event’s longest-standing designer.Paul was born in Dublin where his father ran a successful company making raincoats. He studied at the Grafton Academy of Fashion Design and then moved to Paris where he started a fashion course …
 
Margaret Busby is a publisher and editor who was the chair of the Booker Prize jury in 2020.She has spent a life time in the literary world and was the youngest person and first black woman to set up a publishing house when she was twenty three years old. Together with Clive Allison, she created Allison and Busby based in Soho, London.Margaret was …
 
Richard Wilson is an actor and director who became a household name when he played the part of Victor Meldrew in the BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave. Richard was born in Greenock in Scotland in 1936. As a child he performed in amateur drama productions and harboured a secret desire to become an actor. He left school at 17 and trained as a laborato…
 
Yo-Yo Ma is a cellist and one of the world's most high-profile classical musicians. He has performed for eight US Presidents, appeared in concert halls across the globe and reached new audiences through film soundtracks and TV shows including The Simpsons and Sesame Street. Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris in 1955. His Chinese-born parents were both musi…
 
Poet and writer Dottie James visits the island to talk about the magical nature (or otherwise) of treacle tarts, the online Wild West and the 32nd Discworld novel A Hat Full of Sky. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction. Visit Desert Island Disc…
 
Heather Hallett, Baroness Hallett of Rye, is a former judge and a cross-bench peer. Called to the Bar in 1972, Heather practised family, civil and criminal law, eventually specialising in criminal law. In 1989 she became a QC and was the first woman to chair the Bar Council in 1998. She was only the fifth woman to be appointed to the Court of Appea…
 
Comedian Stuart Goldsmith visits the island to talk about weaponising empathy, stealing plates and the 24th Discworld novel, The Fifth Elephant. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction. Visit Desert Island Discworld at http://desertislanddiscworld…
 
Amanda Khozi Mukwashi is the chief executive of Christian Aid, leading development and humanitarian work in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.Amanda was born in Twickenham and grew up in Zambia and Rome where her stepfather worked in the diplomatic service. She studied international trade and investment law at the Un…
 
Dan is joined by the wonderful chef Tom Kerridge to discuss the worst people and things to be stuck with on a desert island, as well as insightful conversational morsels such as what parts of him a polar bear would most like to enjoy eating, and much more besides. So stop reading this and get stuck right in. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and op…
 
Vanity Fair senior writer Joanna Robinson joins us on the island to talk the resurgence of watercooler TV, covering the Oscars during a pandemic and the 35th Discworld novel, Wintersmith. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction. Visit Desert Islan…
 
Alexei Sayle is a comedian and writer, who began his career just over 40 years ago at the small Comedy Store venue in London, which proved a launch-pad for a new generation of comic stars. Alexei was born in Liverpool, where his parents were loyal members of the Communist Party: their politics informed almost every aspect of the family’s life, incl…
 
In this special joint-bookish episode. Both Laura and Jodie read Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier. Tender, emotional, and unexpected, Pizza Girl is a story about a young, flawed, unforgettable woman who is lost and in complete denial. But, will this book make it onto the shelf? Or will it split the sand for these two hosts? Pizza Girl by Jean Kyou…
 
Comics artist Rachael Stott joins us on the island to talk about getting fan art from the Doctor, kitchen sink wonder and the 26th Discworld novel, Thief of Time! This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction.…
 
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